How to Copy Old Slides Using a Scanner


The days of camera film and 35mm slide photography may soon be gone, so transferring your collection of images from slides into the digital realm might be a good idea to preserve priceless photographic memories. You might even be more inclined to review your photos with the convenience of creating a digital slideshow that can be viewed on your computer or television. The key to this transfer is a scanner that can copy your old slides and convert them into digital pictures for storage on a computer or CD-ROM disc.

Things You'll Need

  • Scanner with slide attachment
  • Computer or laptop loaded with software for driving the scanner
  • 35 mm slides
  • Insert the slide attachment into the scanner lid by sliding along the grooved track until it snaps into place (skip this step if your scanner has a dedicated slide holder).

  • Connect the scanner to your computer using a free USB port.

  • From the computer menu click on the scanner icon, or go to the control panel and select "Scanner" or "Digital Imaging," depending on how your computer displays the scanner hardware.

  • Open the scanner menu by double clicking with your mouse or touchpad.

  • Place a 35 mm slide in the slide holder for the scanner. The slide typically inserts in one direction.

  • In the scanner menu on your computer, select the scan type, which in this case means "Slides" or "Positives." Do not select "Negatives."

  • Choose or create a file folder to save your scanned slides. This can be created and stored in the My Pictures folder.

  • Close the scanner lid and press "Scan" to start the copying.

  • Check the quality of your scanned image in the folder where it was saved to your computer.

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